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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Commissioned for Library in Ningbo, China

13 December, 2013

-By Holly O'Dell


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has won the competition to design a 323,000-sq.-ft. central library in Ningbo, China, that will house the region’s largest collection of historic and ancient books. The Danish firm proposes an open, accessible layout organized around a marketplace containing the library’s most popular library functions and collections.



“The marketplace is visually open on all sides connecting to a public plaza and a landscaped ecological park and lake, thus ensuring all interior spaces have a direct connection with the outside,” Morten Schmidt, partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen, said in a statement.



A giant book stack featuring reading booths, study desks, and media spaces forms the 92-ft.-tall central atrium, which provides natural light to the building as it connects the ground-floor marketplace with research spaces and historic collections above.



Images courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects




Schmidt Hammer Lassen Commissioned for Library in Ningbo, China

13 December, 2013


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has won the competition to design a 323,000-sq.-ft. central library in Ningbo, China, that will house the region’s largest collection of historic and ancient books. The Danish firm proposes an open, accessible layout organized around a marketplace containing the library’s most popular library functions and collections.



“The marketplace is visually open on all sides connecting to a public plaza and a landscaped ecological park and lake, thus ensuring all interior spaces have a direct connection with the outside,” Morten Schmidt, partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen, said in a statement.



A giant book stack featuring reading booths, study desks, and media spaces forms the 92-ft.-tall central atrium, which provides natural light to the building as it connects the ground-floor marketplace with research spaces and historic collections above.



Images courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

 


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